Ecuador

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This summer I spent two weeks with amazing staff, students, and guides on the beautiful islands that are the Galapagos. This experience was my first time traveling alone, and i have to say it couldn't have been better. Everyday we would do community service work, with purpose and pride, just like the staff had taught us. We also got to experience the culture and beautify of these islands though many fun activities like hiking, snorkeling, beach walks, spending time in the town, and more. The staff had extensive knowledge and were more than willing to answer questions, goof around, and participate with students. Future participants be aware, you will come back changed. Seeing one of the last places on earth that is virtually untouched will change you, it changed me. To see how elegant nature is without human interaction has made me want to fight even more to protect it. I cam home wondering what more I could do, and swear of the impact my everyday actions have. This trip will change you, and 100% of that is for the better.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Nov 1, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

This experience was a difficult one, personally, since the day before I flew to Ecuador my grandmother passed away. I then had to spend the next six weeks in another country, away from my family, and living with a new family. Despite such personal tragedy, my overall experience with the project at the Hospital was a learning experience I will never forget. The hospital staff was beyond friendly and willingly to show me knowledge in the medical field. I spent my time working in the Emergency and Pathology departments. One department completely different from the other, yet still just as interesting. I am one of those science-lovers that enjoyed going to project every single day and never wanted to miss a day of work, there were even more days than not that I would work late just to see one more patient or to finish collecting one more sample. I was a volunteer first, I was there to work, all the traveling and extra activities came after my work. I guess I was just lucky that I enjoyed my work too!
I do believe if I had not suffered such great personal loss right before my trip my overall experience would have been even better. Quito is a beautiful city with incredible people and culture. There are things in life that are beyond our control, but you do not need a reason to help somebody else. I recommend that if given the chance you take some time to volunteer and travel.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Oct 18, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I would recommend volunteering with A Broader View because they offer a broad range of volunteering opportunities, not just all over Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands but all over the world. The US and Ecuador staff are all very knowledgeable and accommodating. They were very willing to work with us in constructing a program that worked for us given our tight timeframe (daughter, niece and me). Most of all we felt taken care of which is important when you are so far away from home in a foreign environment.
The children at the program were adorable and eager to work with us. We brought many English books translated into Spanish which they could not wait to get their hands on. Their enthusiasm was priceless.
Pack light versatile clothing and should include waterproof shoes and wind/rain jacket. Bring items you need like sunscreen, insect repellant, toiletries, anything else you may need from the states. The brands we are use to are not available in Ecuador and can be expensive. Bring a small laundry detergent so you can hand wash clothes. Clothing gets damp this time of year (August), so this will keep everything fresh.
This was a very nice experience to travel with my daughter and nice to volunteer abroad in Ecuador, I would recommend other families to do the same.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Aug 25, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

After recently returning home from teaching English in the Galapagos Islands, I have had some time to reflect on my experience. What stands out the most aside from the beautiful location, the beaches, the wide life, and the perfect temperature, has to be the people. There are so many friendships I have created from the island of San Cristobal and so many outstanding human beings that I have come into contact with. The Ecuadorian culture seems to be very laid back and friendly. This was the case not only for the excellent support staff that I worked with, my host family, and the children I taught, but also from simple strangers on the street. It is so true that you feel safe there no matter what time of the day it is, and it is because everyone looks out for each other.

I would strongly recommend this project to anyone, and hope that I can return one day to this place that I have called home.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Jul 23, 2017
Overall:
7
Support:
8
Value:
7

Discover Corps

The Galapagos Islands program was OUTSTANDING. My mother and I took a 10-day family volunteer travel trip together. As an Ivy League graduate who is very well traveled, I have very high expectations in looking for trips that give me exclusive access to being immersed in the local environment. Discover Corps delivered very strongly on this. We both had such a good time, and this company puts some of the extra touches on this trip that make it memorable. Thank you very much, and now I need to think about where we want to go next.

Program:
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Jul 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

It was with great anxiety that we sent our daughter last summer (2016) on her Global Leadership Adventures trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for the Preserving Nature's Wonders program. But it was soon apparent that it was the very best decision we could have made for her! Communication was immediate and sufficient throughout the trip. We were able to speak with our daughter on several occasions, most importantly when they first arrived safely in Ecuador. The excitement and pure joy we could hear in her voice was music to our ears and the enjoyment the group was having was evident in the daily updated blogs the program provided. But we still were not prepared for the incredible transformation we witnesses when we picked her up from the airport. The shy, quiet 16 year old we had dropped off just two weeks prior, was now confident and full of self-esteem! And oh how happy she was! The only sadness felt was that she had to say good-bye to the friends she had made and have come to mean so much to her. It has now been nearly a year since she had this incredible experience and she is still in daily contact with many of these new friends. I am so proud of the service work she completed on this trip and how it has changed her into a thoughtful, thinking young person who truly has compassion for the world around her. Well worth the investment!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: May 1, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I was fortunate enough to travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands though Global Leadership Adventures on the "Preserving Natures Wonders" trip during the summer of 2016. This program was honestly one of the greatest experiences of my life. It was unique in that I was able to surround myself in one of the worlds most special ecosystems as I snorkeled with sea lions, sea turtles and many tropical fish, saw countless crabs and iguanas, and was able to meet the Galapagos tortoises up close. What made these experiences with the animals and nature of the Galapagos even more impactful, was the fact that I was able to volunteer and help the land I was visiting. On this program everyone was very kind and I am still friends with many of the other kids that I met to this day. Our mentors were very helpful and made sure that everyone felt and was kept safe throughout the trip. Post program, I was impacted mostly by the friendships I had made and the knowledge that I now had regarding conservation and the importance of it. Some useful tips that I have are to bring snacks along if you have any dietary restrictions. I am vegan and the program was very accommodating so I didn't miss out on many of the delicious foods that they served, but bringing along snacks was very helpful. Another tip is to bring a camera along and to keep a journal because there are so many memories that will be made on a trip like this, and since many activities are packed into one day, it is easy to lose some of them. I took many pictures and journaled every day so now I have something to look back on.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: May 1, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I sent my two daughters on Global Leadership Adventure's "Preserving Nature's Wonders" trip last summer, and I could not have had a better experience with them. I was a little nervous about the idea of sending my two young girls out of the country without either parent, but GLA eased all my worries. From the very start, we had helpful staff keeping us updated on the necessary preparations for our trip. GLA made the entire process really easy and helped me feel better about the trip. My girls were safe the whole time, and they had incredible mentors with them on the trip. They both came home with a new outlook on the world, and I know GLA has truly changed their lives. I highly recommend this program to any parent and teenager looking to volunteer abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: May 1, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Two of my daughters went on the Global Leadership Adventure's Galapagos trip last summer. I'm beyond grateful for this program, my kids were completely safe and they enjoyed every minute of it. The stories they cam back with still manage to amaze me! The staff made the process easy and stress free. I definitely recommend GLA to any parent who wants to send their child on an eventful volunteer trip abroad.

Program:
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Apr 25, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This past summer I traveled to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on Global Leadership Adventure's "Preserving Nature's Wonders" trip, and it was an amazing experience. I got the chance to volunteer in one of the most unique ecosystems on earth, and the things I was able to accomplish there has continued to define my life. The GLA staff and mentors were extremely helpful throughout what could have been a very stressful process, and they helped ensure my safety throughout the entire trip. I always felt safe and comfortable. I would highly recommend Global Leadership Adventures to any teen looking to travel abroad; it will truly change your life!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Apr 25, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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